Three Esteemed Jurors Selected for 2016 Hawaii’s Woodshow™

Statewide Juried Exhibition Set for September 17 through October 2
Honolulu, Hawai’i – The Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) Hawaii’s Woodshow™ opens at the Honolulu Museum of Art Gallery School at Linekona September 17 through October 2, 2016. The exhibition is open to the public from 10 am until 5pm. Admission is free.
Hawaii’s Woodshow™, created to promote an appreciation for the remarkable variety of Hawai’i-grown woods, attracts talented woodworkers throughout the state and abroad who submit entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawai’i woods across design disciplines including furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments.
Young Growth Koa Don Albrecht bowl

Entries are judged on exacting criteria including “Inspiration of Design” and “Excellence of Implementation.” Judges create pools of entries from each category after an initial round of judging from which the awardees are selected. This year, Hawaii’s Woodshow™ is honored to welcome three esteemed jurors:

Contemporary artist, sculptor and woodturner,
Betty Scarpino is recognized as one of the masters of the genre. Her work is held in private, public and museum collections throughout the world. Betty works full time teaching, writing, sculpting and printmaking from her home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work is available for purchase at some of the finest galleries in America and she exhibits widely in juried shows. Betty was awarded her second Creative Renewal Fellowship by the

Arts Council of Indianapolis in 2007. Learn more about Betty Scarpino

Artist, author, and teacher, Duane Preble is a University of Hawaii Professor Emeritus.  He has taught a wide variety of courses, including introduction to the visual arts, art history, photography, drawing, color and design. In 1969 he was awarded a UH Excellence in Teaching Award and in 1975 was selected for listing in Outstanding Educators of America.  He has exhibited paintings, photographs and sculpture since the early sixties.  After 30 years of teaching, he retired from the University to further his own art and to help the arts become a catalyst for effective public education. He is the original author of ArtformsAn Introduction to the Visual Arts, used by approximately 300 colleges and universities nation-wide now in its 11th edition. Learn about Preble’s Art as Process at
R.W. “Rollo” Scheurenbrand, Oahu Luthier, began his woodworking career in the mid-seventies as a carpenter. From there he moved on to cabinetry, furniture building, woodturning and eventually found what has become his passion – building stringed instruments. Working with Hawai’i grown woods and other tonewoods, Rollo creates one of a kind instruments emphasizing tonal characteristics, playability, craftsmanship and aesthetics. He first entered Hawaii’s Woodshow in 2002. He is now in the Career Recognition category after having won numerous awards including Artists’ Choice and Best in Show. He hand builds custom acoustic steel string guitars and ukuleles full time in his Kailua shop. Learn more at
Awards presented include the Ron Kent Award for a promising young student artist as well as the People’s Choice and Artists’ Choice awards. A special Spirit of the Show Award, sponsored by Bart Potter, is presented to the entry that best showcases and illustrates theHawaii’s Woodshow™ commitment to highlighting underutilized, Hawai’i-grown, non-native tree species.
Paul Schurch Vector Table

“Every year Hawaii’s talented woodworkers deliver breathtaking works of art,” said Andy Cole, award-winning woodturner and co-coordinator of the annual Woodshow. “I don’t envy these knowledgeable judges; it’s tough work to judge the beauty found in each entry. We are so proud of the artists that participate and their works are breathtaking.”

Last year, Hawaii’s Woodshow™ Best of Show award was given to Mats Fogelvik, a Hawaii Island furniture artist for his piece, Roots of Inspiration. The work utilized high quality curly Koa, Milo, Rosewood and Olive Ash Burl in an interesting way, capturing qualities of each species. His piece was inspired by the bridges along the Hana Highway on Maui.

Hawaii’s Woodshow™ also provides a platform for the Hawai’i Forest Industry Association to share information about Hawai’i’s forest related issues and businesses with the public and with participating woodworkers.
For information, including an archive of previous exhibitions as well as the Hawaii’s Woodshow Gallery featuring work by previous participants visit
About Hawaii Forest Industry Association
Established in 1989, the Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA) is a nonprofit corporation founded by and for people committed to managing healthy and productive forests. As Hawaii’s recognized forest industry trade association, HFIA, through education, planning, information exchange and advocacy, encourages the responsible growth of Hawai’i’s forest industry. HFIA programs promote healthier forests, increased business and more jobs within the forestry sector.
HFIA has a diverse membership of over 250 individuals, and public and private corporations including woodworkers, landowners, sawyers, foresters, growers, environmentalists, government officials and others interested in the organization’s goals and mission. HFIA promotes a balance of forest land uses ranging from protecting and restoring native forests to managing commercial use tree farms.
HFIA founded the Hawaii Forest Institute in 2003. Heather Simmons serves as the Executive Director for both organizations.